Emergency assistance: 'Once-in-50 years' rainfall hits southwestern Japan

On Saturday, torrential rains caused widespread flooding and mudslides mainly in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima, with at least 52 people dead according to NHK. (as of 7th July)

Hitoyoshi city got severely flooded. You can only see the very top of the street lights.

In response, AAR has been contacting organizations for persons with disabilities to gather information. On Sunday, we ran soup kitchen in local community center that is designated evacuation shelter in Yatsushiro city, Kumamoto together with another nonprofit organization, Peace Project. We served 55 beef bowls and also provided 600 face masks whilst taking all the precautionary measures for COVID-19.

Kato ben, board member of AAR serving the food at the evacuation center. (on the right)

Almost everyone at the shelter evacuated for the first time and seemed anxious and worried.
We received comments like “Thank you so much for coming.” “Hot meals like this is very comforting” when serving the food at the center.

Our emergency response team will be dispatched on 9th of July. We plan to provide relief items in the evacuation shelters and facilities for persons with disabilities in the affected areas.

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